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Things Can Only Get Better

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Welcome to 2011.

I hate to start things off referencing (even accidentally) mid-80s pop musician Howard Jones, but sometimes distasteful choices must be made. If, like me, you are the highly suggestible sort and will now spend all day singing “No One Is To Blame” then please accept my apologies in advance. You can look at the menu, but you just can’t eat…

Anywho, and as the title suggests, I am optimistic for this new year to the degree that “it can’t get much worse.” Although I’m trying to be more power of positive thinking than that in articulation and presentation and overall attitude, truth be told, my mindset is more ‘buck up and knuckle down’ than ‘yippee.’

But maybe that’s 2010 talking?

2011 is the brave new world, without the caste system, but maybe in a sleep-learning kind of way.

Admittedly, my down mood (seriously kind of a year-long event now) has been hard on those who count on me for optimism. “You’re the one who always says it’s going to work out!” is the cry, and it’s a lot of pressure to be a cheerleader when your own team is on a losing streak. However, looking back at my entire life, I’ve always been the Queen of the Silver Lining (as opposed to the Silpstream), and I know I’ll soon hit my bounce. In fact, ironically – or not – I woke up on New Year’s morning with the words to an old Dar Williams song on my mind: “This is your year, and it all starts here, and oh, you’re aging well…”

And I believe it.

At least the aging part.

And I’ve made my list of goals (almost entirely professionally/writing related…but hey, focus on what you can control), and we’ll go from there. I have a new resolve and a willingness to work harder and broader and smarter than before, and I will try like hell not to look back on the disappointments of the last year as harbingers of the future. Part of process (whether it be creativity or life itself) is boredom and suffering and even despondency: it must be slogged through to get the ultimate results we want. Sometimes those qualities are an unavoidable part of getting to the finish line: they must be pushed through or even endured.

So perhaps they had it right: it is better to end than to mend and start anew. Take what we’ve learned and bet it all on a new plan. I have no idea whether or not that’s true, but let’s find out together, shall we?

Something tells me that’s the best option I’ve got…

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Here we go again

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Another new year is upon us. At least in a calendar sense. I suppose in a way there’s always some new start right around the corner or inherent in a moment: Chinese New Year, a birthday, an anniversary, or just some arbitrary stake in the ground. But I suppose that’s why we note this: Because outside forces plant the stake in the ground and thus it’s easier to accept as a ‘new beginning’ and perhaps make a pledge to change everything or do one thing different starting tomorrow?

As for me, I’m starting 2010 an inch shorter.

Tee hee.

This is not by choice, and more of an observation.

I swear in high school I was 5′ 6.5″

Now, courtesy of a physical last week, I’ve learned that I am, in fact, 5′ 5.5″.

I have no idea how that happened, and I’m none too happy about it. My  mother claims to be 5’4″, and I’ve got bad news for her: There’s no goddamned way. If I’m five five and a half, she’s…well, she should study up on some pictures of us and do the math. We’re all shrinking, it would seem.

Have you heard this stuff that the universe is expanding?

Or vibrating at a faster rate?
Maybe that’s all it is?

I’m not an inch shorter, it’s just that the universe is bigger than it was in 1991.

Muse on that one for a minute kids…

Moving right along, all in all, 2009 was not my best year. Not the best, not the worst. Maybe in the annals of history it will be looked back on as a placeholder for the best year ever? That would be nice. I’m up for a ‘best year ever’. One of those years where you keep thinking, “This is the best <<<FILL IN THE BLANK>>> ever!!!”

As it were, I wrote two books, made zero money, took some regrettable trips and a couple good ones, stayed healthy and maintained my weight, ate a lot of oysters, met Dave Attell, had my dog’s stomach pumped three times, learned to do hypnotherapy, lost a great cat (Siddhartha) and found a new one (Fu Manchu). And, in turn, from Fu I have learned that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes a bathrobe is a cat teat. Fu has an oral fixation. If you didn’t already know this, well…now you do.

As for 2010, well, I’m quite hopeful. I am a big planner and list-maker (and generally pretty successful at checking stuff off. Not always on the timeline I hoped for nor the results I dream of, but I get there – or somewhere – eventually.) so perhaps - if you’re very good –  I’ll share my resolutions (goals more than anything) with you tomorrow.

Happy New Year Everybody!

In the meantime, my Yahoo account shared with me its predictions for me and everyone else born between September 24 and October 23, and it’s a little bit sobering, but mostly hopeful…kinda like me as of late.

Year 2010 Overview

The symbol for Libra is Balance. In the next year, you’ll find yourself doing even more balancing than usual; you’re going to be pressed to decide if your internal sense of happiness should be the focus of life more than the outward signs of success. This may have been weighing heavily on your mind for the last several months, as far as work and the state of your love life. What you are likely to be weighing this year is a little more intangible (and a little more important) than those things. Specifically, in 2010 you’ll find yourself weighing out the cost of the connections you’ve formed for yourself versus their actual value to you.

There’s going to be a lot of pressure on you from within and without as to who you really are at heart and who you really are to those closest to you. This will be both in your personal life and at work. The natural Libra impulse is often to make peace with these kind of pressures, or negotiate your way around them. Your best bet in the next year though will be to recognize your own inherent value — not just what you appear to be worth to others.

In the final analysis this is all good news, even if it’s good news in disguise. No one is better than you at beautifying things or finding the inherent beauty in the mundane. Once you realize that you yourself are at least as shiny and pretty as any accessory — in your heart and soul, where beauty really counts — you’ll have begun assembling a better You. Breathe through the difficult spots, and enjoy the results!

Year 2010 Career

The last year has probably presented more frustrations than triumphs in the work and money departments for you. Thankfully, it all turns around this year! There will be two eclipses — one in January and one in July — that will shake loose the situations you’ve been dealing with for a while now. In January, an eclipse in your Career House will make for distinct changes at your place of work. At first this change may be a cause for some concern: an increase in responsibilities, for example. Don’t worry, you can handle it. You’ll have the opportunity to show off your skills in new ways that are more likely to garner attention.

The second eclipse will finish the course set by the first one, and will likely propel you into a new job or a new position of prominence in the old one. Although these developments may come as a surprise to you, in hindsight they will have been a result of events that have been brewing for a while. If you think about where your work life has been the last couple of years, it’s obvious that some kind of change was called for, even if it isn’t immediately obvious.

As far as actual cash on hand, although it isn’t likely there will be any windfalls or lottery wins, there will be a distinct sense of improvement developing gradually over time. June through August will show some distinct improvements.

I have a hard time believing that some high-level predictions for a roughly 10% of the population will be dead on, but I’m okay with distinct improvements and good news. And when in doubt, I think Yahoo has managed to offer up some salient advice for us all: Breathe through the difficult spots.

So here’s to 2010 and big hopes and dreams and goals and resolutions and everything else.

I wish the very best for each of you.

Happy New Year!

May 2010 treat you kindly.

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